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High Tunnel and CSA Farm Tour

Gambier, OH 

Sunday, September 14, 2014
1 – 3 p.m.

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The Farm on Kenyon Road is a small-scale sustainable farm working to feed their own family and the community through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Visitors will see two high tunnels in production and learn how the farm produces pasture-raised beef and poultry. Guests will meet Local Food Council members working to promote a community-based local food system and enjoy a chef demonstration using locally produced meat, eggs, fruit, and vegetables.

This event is presented by the OSU Sustainable Agriculture Team and part of the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, providing unique opportunities for growers, educators, and conscientious eaters to learn about sustainable food and fiber production in a real world setting from farmers with years of practical experience.

Consumers interested in local foods, farmers and market gardeners wanting to learn more and network with other farmers, and aspiring and beginning farmers, are encouraged to attend.

All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted.

The Farm on Kenyon Road
11749 Kenyon Rd., Gambier, OH 43022

Contact:
/ (740) 397-0401 /

http://ww.oeffa.org/documents/farmtour2014.pdf

 

Food Preservation Methods

Granville, OH 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Feed your family all winter with your garden’s bounty! Now’s the perfect time of year to store food away for winter. We’ll have an overview of various methods including root cellaring, drying, freezing, and canning, with a special emphasis on lacto-fermentation. This natural way of pickling vegetables makes them even healthier through the use of probiotic bacteria. We’ll make a batch together and you can take home your own jar to try your hand at fermenting.

Workshop Presenter: Erin Harvey is an experienced farmer who has trained in permaculture and ecological horticulture (at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems in Santa Cruz, CA). She has operated The Kale Yard, an experimental market garden in Granville, for the past three years, where she specializes in growing interesting and beautiful vegetables. You can find her most Saturdays at the Granville Farmers Market. She has worked in a variety of farm settings, urban and rural, and considers herself part of a new crop of young farmers who understand that growing real food is important for so many different reasons - political, economic, environmental, cultural, and for our health.

Part of the Veggie School series. Sign up for: 1 class: $25, 3 classes: $70, 6 classes: $135, 9 classes: $200

The Going Green Store
909 River Road, Granville, OH

Contact:
The Going Green Store / 740.963.9644 /

http://www.thegoinggreenstore.com

 

Farm Science Review

London, OH 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 through Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Save the date! The Farm Science Review is known as the Midwest’s premier agricultural event and draws more than 130,000 farmers, growers, producers and agricultural enthusiasts from across the U.S. and Canada annually. Participants are able to peruse 4,000 product lines from more than 600 commercial exhibitors and engage in educational opportunities with Ohio State and Purdue University experts.

Molly Caren Agricultural Center
London, OH

Contact:
Chuck Gamble

http://fsr.osu.edu

 

Soap Making

Columbus, OH 

Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:30pm-8pm

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Join veteran soap maker Paul Sandstrom of Oh Lather SoapWorks and learn how to make your own natural soaps. This is a hands-on class involving participants in the process of making soap. Each participant should bring a half gallon paper carton to take home their portion of the soap batch.

City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / 614-946-5553

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Worker-Owned Cooperative Farm Tour

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, September 20, 2014
2-4 p.m.

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Our Harvest Cooperative is a worker-owned urban incubator farm and food hub. Take this tour to learn from the Our Harvest staff how they are creating green, union cooperative jobs with good wages and healthcare; promoting sustainable, organic, fair trade products, and cultivating new growers – all while improving access to local, healthy food for Cincinnati area residents. The tour will include an overview of the farm’s model, its recent progress, and how food hubs can rebuild essential infrastructure needed to improve our local food systems.

Registration: RSVP by September 6 to Eric Pawlowski at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 209 or eric@oeffa.org.

This event is presented by OEFFA and part of the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, providing unique opportunities for growers, educators, and conscientious eaters to learn about sustainable food and fiber production in a real world setting from farmers with years of practical experience.

Consumers interested in local foods, farmers and market gardeners wanting to learn more and network with other farmers, and aspiring and beginning farmers, are encouraged to attend.

All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted.

Our Harvest Cooperative
969 W. North Bend Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45224

Contact:
Eric Pawlowski / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/documents/farmtour2014.pdf

 

Steel in the Field: Selecting, Maintaining, and Fabricating Farm Machinery

New Lebanon, OH 

Sunday, September 21, 2014
1-5 p.m.

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Well maintained and appropriately scaled equipment is essential to a successful and efficient farm. Learn how to make sound equipment decisions for your farm and about the basics of maintaining, modifying, and fabricating common farm equipment. During this hands-on workshop, you will see the tools, techniques, and shop space utilized on an eight acre certified organic specialty crop farm, producing cut flowers and mixed vegetables. Ben and Emily Jackle of Mile Creek Farm will talk about how they select and modify their equipment to suit their
needs and how they keep all of it working smoothly. Learn how the Jackles manage their operation with a two-wheel walk behind tractor, a cultivating tractor, and two larger tractors using implements like a mechanical transplanter, disc bedder, chisel plow, rototiller, and side-dresser.

Cost: $25 for OEFFA members, $30 for non-members.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 20 participants, so please register early. To register, send a check made out to OEFFA along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Steel in the Field, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus,
OH 43214. For more information, or to register by phone, contact Milo Petruziello at 614-421-2022 Ext. 206 or milo@oeffa.org. To learn more about Mile Creek Farm, call (937) 687-8762 or go to www.milecreekfarm.com.

This event is presented by OEFFA and part of the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

Mile Creek Farm
10786 Mile Rd., New Lebanon, OH 45345

Contact:
Milo Petruziello / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/documents/farmtour2014.pdf

 

Sustainable Beekeeping Seminar

Marysville, OH 

Sunday, September 21, 2014
1:00-6:00pm

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Instructor: Dawn and Carson Combs, Mockingbird Meadows

The first part of the day we will cover the philosophy and science behind sustainable beekeeping methods. We will also be covering herbal medicine for the hive.

In the second part of the day we will focus on application of sustainable beekeeping methods and will have opportunities for hands on learning.

Pre-registration is required. Cost: $70.

Mockingbird Meadows
Marysville, OH

Contact:
Dawn Combs / 614-354-5162 /

http://www.mockingbirdmeadows.com

 

Monthly Wild Food Walk

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, September 21, 2014
2pm-4pm

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The same mechanism that allows us to recognize someone we haven’t seen in years allows us to achieve effortless identification for plants, flowers, trees and fungi. Visual imprinting of nature’s friends and foes can allow us the opportunity to partake in a great variety of wild edibles with lower risk. Like any skill or knowledge, this ability must be cultivated through repetition. Join a group of fellow wild food enthusiasts to hone your identification skills in a different environment each month. Locations will be selected based on seasonal species availability.


City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / 614-946-5553

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Planning for Spring Chickens

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:30pm-8pm

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So you think you want to get chickens? Rachel Tayse Baillieul, urban chicken keeper for five years, will discuss the basic supplies and equipment needed to keep chickens as well as basic chicken care. We'll weigh the pros and cons of starting from chicks or pullets, breeds, feed options, and coop designs.

City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / 614-946-5553

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Marketing Meat

Free online webinar 

Thursday, September 25, 2014
12-1 p.m.

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Food and agriculture marketing experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will be offering a series of free monthly webinars the last Thursday of every month through October.

This session is led by Mark Mechling, an OSU Extension educator.


Contact:
Brad Bergefurd / 740-289-2071 /

http://www.carmenconnect.osu.edu/marketmeat

 

Natural and Sustainable Beekeeping

Columbus, OH 

Thursday, September 25, 2014
6:30pm-8pm

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If you have been thinking about becoming a bee keeper or are interested in the practice of natural bee keeping this timely class is for you. Learn more about keeping bees to prepare for starting your bee keeping adventure next spring. Experienced beekeepers Janine (certified by Gunther Hauk) and Tim will offer you the basics on keeping bees including bee behavior, equipment choices and natural and sustainable methods of managing your hive. Join Janine and Tim in their passion for bees, honey and the natural world.

City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / 614-946-5553

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Solar Cooking the Blue Rock Station Way

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, September 27, 2014
2pm-4pm

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It’s been almost three decades since Annie Warmke walked into a hog field in China and learned the fine art of solar cooking from women who had taken on the electric company in Trinidad and Tobago. For Annie the idea of solar cooking was mesmerizing and she still feels that way about the process of capturing the sun’s heat into a small cardboard box and being able to cook almost anything. And why should we want to know this skill set? How many times a year does the electricity go out, or the propane? How hot is the kitchen when you cook and the air conditioning is trying to keep up with that heat? And wouldn’t it be nice to put the evening meal in a solar cooker in the morning and forget about it until evening without worrying that the food will burn or be overcooked?

City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / 614-946-5553

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

An Introduction to Farming with Horses

Navarre, OH 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

Draft horses are a great way for farmers and homesteaders to increase their self-sufficiency and maintain a sustainable lifestyle. A good team of horses help limit a farm’s reliance on fossil fuels while providing companionship, efficient tillage, and manure for healthy soils. Seasoned organic farmer and teamster Alex Dragovich has used horse power on Mud Run Farm since 1995 to grow vegetables, hay, small grains, fruit, berries, and free-range chicken and eggs. Join Alex for a day-long, hands-on training in the basics of horse-based agriculture. Safety, grooming, stabling, harnessing, and hitching will be covered. Alex will also share simple work exercises and demonstrate homemade equipment.

Cost: $65 for OEFFA members, $75 for non-members. Lunch, coffee, and tea will be provided by Raisin Rack Natural Food Market, a proud partner of Mud Run Farm.

Registration: Registration is now closed. Space is limited to 10 participants, and we've sold out. For more information, contact Milo Petruziello at 614-421-2022 Ext. 206 or milo@oeffa.org. To learn more about Mud Run Farm, call (330) 268-2600 or email acdrag@yahoo.com.

Safety Note: Participants will have hands-on experience with horses. The horses are well-trained and any interaction will be supervised by a professional; however, there are still risks involved in working with large draft animals. Mud Run Farm and OEFFA cannot accept any liability for injury resulting from participation in this workshop.

This event is presented by OEFFA and part of the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

Mud Run Farm
14126 Millersburg Rd. SW, Navarre, OH 44662

Contact:
Milo Petruziello / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/documents/farmtour2014.pdf

 

Plant Identification Weed Walk

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
9am-10am

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Instructor: Dawn Combs, Mockingbird Meadows

Bring your guidebooks, binoculars, walking shoes and appropriate clothing.

It is recommended that you pre-register. Cost: Free.

Prairie Oaks
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Dawn Combs / 614-354-5162 /

http://www.mockingbirdmeadows.com

 

Sourdough 101

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
1:30pm-3pm

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Sourdough is the original leavened bread. Harnessing the complex ecosystem of a traditional sourdough starter allows you to bake more delicious and digestible bread at home. Sourdough aficionado Jessica Mills will share the history and science behind sourdough and show you how to care for and bake with your own starter. Participants will be guided through the steps of sourdough baking, taste various loafs of bread, and receive a traditional sourdough starter to take and bake with at home. All levels of bread baking skill are welcome.


City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / 614-946-5553

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

2014 National eXtension Food Security Conference

Cleveland, OH 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 through Monday, September 29, 2014
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The eXtension Community of Practice (eCoP) on Community, Local & Regional Food Systems (eCoP) will host a Food Security Conference entitled Building Extension Capacity to Address Community Food Security through Food Systems. Its goal is to concretely position food security as a priority in food system research and practice, and to enhance Extension’s capacity to work on food security and food systems.

Hilton Garden Inn
Cleveland, OH

Contact:
eCoP

http://fyi.uwex.edu/cfsi/2014/06/16/extension-colleagues-this-post-is-for-you/

 
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